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Dr Mordrid
26th August 2006, 20:50
http://www.livescience.com/blogs/topic/space-astronomy/


Virgin Galactic’s Space Travel Tips

Posted on August 26, 2006 @ 07:13:44 EDT
Author Leonard David

Word from Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic spaceline group is that SpaceShipTwo (SS2) and WhiteKnightTwo are taking shape. “The spaceship is bigger, faster, and pretty gorgeous looking. She has many more new and improved features,” although specific details are still hush-hush – such as what’s behind a new, bigger, rocket engine design.

SS2 will carry 6 passengers and two pilots. First flights are expected to be out of Mojave, California before the move to the new Spaceport America in New Mexico, the Virgin Galactic update notes.

Also, look for a “conceptual interior” of SS2 to show up in late September in New York as part of the Wired NextFest alongside a scale size replica of SpaceShipOne.

According to Virgin Galactic, more than 60,000 people have now registered an interest in becoming Virgin Galactic Astronauts, with 30% from the U.S., 15% from the U.K. and 10% Australia. The number of people who have paid a deposit continues to rise. Virgin Galactic Founder Astronauts come from a range of 13 countries, with around 55% from the U.S. with an approximately 80/20 split male/female.